I've never been the bronzer type. I typically just accept (even embrace!) my pasty whiteness. Most bronzers, unfortunately, make me look like an Oompa-Loompa. But when these arrived in the mail, I thought, "Why not?" I figured if anyone can do a bronzer that looks awesome on even me, Make Up For Ever can!
Sure enough, these are the first bronzers I've tried that make me look naturally sun-kissed rather than dirty. The formula is unexpected, and for me, took some getting used to. I thought Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer would perform similarly to Artist Shadow, but the two formulas are nothing alike. The bronzer is much sheerer and firmer than Artist Shadow—and I think that's a good thing. Stripes of bronze on the face is not cute. Having to blend for days to get rid of said stripes is not cool. With these, I rub the brush in a figure-eight motion in the compact as directed, and swipe firmly onto my face. The result is subtle—almost imperceptible, really—and soft-focus. Rather than looking like I've applied powder to my skin, I'm just left with a very, very subtle golden glow. I can see why they call the product "fusion"—it really does seem to fuse with the skin and wear all day. (It's supposed to be waterproof, but I haven't tested that!)
I received the two lightest shades to test: 10M Honey and 15i Amber.
15i Amber is the darker, cooler shade of the two. The "i" in the shade number stands for iridescent—but the shimmer is very, very slight. Don't worry about looking glittery; the finish is very natural. My favourite way to wear this shade is just below my cheekbones, like a subtle contour.
10M Honey is the lighter, warmer of the two, and looks very subtle and golden when applied to the skin. The finish is satiny but matte—very skin-like. (Note that the M in the shade number stands for matte.) I typically wear this shade on my cheekbones and around the edges of my face. Note that it's essentially impossible to overdo it with this bronzer—I dig in with the Pro Bronze Fusion Kabuki, which is designed to be used with these, and even after building heavily, it doesn't look like I'm wearing makeup—just like I have a very slight, fresh, golden glow.
The Kabuki Pro Bronze Fusion Brush is soft and dense, and contains a mix of wavy and straight bristles designed to pick up and apply this product perfectly. I wouldn't say it's an essential buy if you'd like to use these bronzers, but it's definitely a nice to have.
This video provides a demo:
See? Very, very subtle. If you're looking for something bolder, skip 10M Honey and go for one of the darker shades.
Rating: Four and a half stars out of five. These are nice, but a little pricey.
The verdict: These bronzers were my gateway to bronzing. Love 'em for summertime. The special kabuki brush, on the other hand, is nice, but probably not essential. Try your other brushes before purchasing this one.
Available: Sephora stores and Sephora.com for $42 (bronzers) and $38 (kabuki brush). The bronzer compacts contain 11 grams of product.
Do you like to bronze your skin? Do you have a favourite bronzer? Have you tried these ones? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.